“Oldfield plays a wide variety of flutes to reflect the moods and visions of his music to great effect.” - Kathy Parsons
Terry Oldfield is a world-renowned musician best known for his unique style of flute playing. He has been nominated for a British Academy award and two Emmy awards during his career and has composed music for over 80 Film and Television productions , receiving two Emmy nominations for “Land of the Tiger” and “Twilight of the Dreamtime” and also a British Academy Award nomination as composer for the BBC series “Kingdom of the Ice Bear”.
Terry’s career began in earnest when he was asked by the BBC to compose music for a series called “Great Railway Journeys of the World”. He also worked on Meerkats United, which was voted 'Best Wildlife Film Ever' in a National Television Poll.
In the early 1970s, Terry and his brother Mike formed a band called ‘Barefoot’ playing rock’n’roll at colleges and clubs throughout the UK and Europe. Mike later went on to record the highly successful “Tubular Bells” and Terry played the flute at the first live performance at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. His earliest musical experiences were in the myriad of folk clubs that sprang up in the UK during the late 1960s and early 1970s, listening to the likes of Leonard Cohen, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, and Bob Dylan. Terry left school at 16 to travel the world and worked as a roadie for various bands including “The Byrds”.
During an extended stay on the Greek Island of Hydra, he bought a silver flute from a fellow traveler and fell in love with the instrument. “I think it was learning to play in this way, with no formal guidance, that allowed me to develop the ability to compose music. I spent many happy days improvising tunes and discovering scales and arpeggios for myself and soon started to teach myself to write these things down”. Terry also appears on his Brother Mike’s albums “Hergest Ridge” (flute), “Ommadawn” (pan pipes) and extensively on “Incantations” (flute)
With over 3 million record sales to date, the magic of Terry’s music continues to touch and inspire audiences worldwide.